August 19, 2019 Statistics

Incubators and accelerators in Italy: key statistics

According to the latest report of Social Innovation Monitor (SIM), a team of researchers and professors from different Italian universities and based at Politecnico di Torino (, there are 171 incubators and accelerators in Italy. 59.3% of them were established in 2012, after the introduction of the Decree-Law 179/2012 (the “Startup Act”).

For more information read: Legal framework for innovative start-ups

Almost 60% of these companies are located in the north of Italy, mainly in Lombardy (25.3%), Emilia Romagna (10.6%) and the regions in the North East (19,4%). 22,9% of them are located in the central regions of Italy, and approx. 19% in the south and on the two main islands (Sicily and Sardinia).

More than 60% of the Italian incubators and accelerators are owned by private sponsors; 22% of them are public-private partnerships, whilst the remaining 14% of them are fully owned and managed by public bodies.

Their total turnover was € 222 million in 2017.  Few of them had revenues well above € 1 million, as the median turnover is € 250 thousand.

The top three start-up accelerators according to the Startup Accelerator Ranking 2018, provided by Startup Blink, are: Digital Magics, NanaBianca, Luiss Enlabs.

In 2017, there average number of incubated start-ups grew from 14.3 to 18; on the other side, the average number of incubation requests decreased from 150.6 to 91.6. This was mainly due to the activity of some intermediaries (including banks), which performed the first screening activities, also for the benefit of incubators and accelerators.


You can find the detailed 2017 statistics produced by Social Innovation Monitor (SIM) (in Italian) at the following link:

The Startup Accelerator Ranking 2018 at the following link: